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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 12 (March 1, 1935)

Health Notes

Health Notes.

Frequently people who are apparently in normal health are the victims of constipation. This condition should be prevented if possible. The cause must be discovered and removed or avoided. The condition may be the result of habit, a faulty diet, insufficient intake of water or an indoor sedentary life. There may be few symptoms, or there may be headache, abdominal discomfort, and loss of appetite with a coated tongue and fetid breath.

The treatment consists of the regulation of the diet, regular exercise, including one or two daily walks and the cultivation of regular habits. The diet should include green vegetables (raw and cooked), fruit, including prunes, figs, raisins, dates, oranges, grapefruit and apples, wholemeal bread, wholemeal or oatmeal porridge, and plenty of water (hot or cold). Avoid rich and fried food, pastry, etc. Sipping a glass of hot water before breakfast is helpful. Aperients should be avoided as much as possible. Small does of liquid paraffin are efficacious.

(Rly. Publicity photo.) The world-famed Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand.

(Rly. Publicity photo.)
The world-famed Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand.

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